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Stop Doing and Start Being

Doing. We’re always busy doing for others – our families, neighbors, bosses. Life can feel like one great big to-do list.

But some of us are getting lost in all of our doing. We’ve tied our identity to what we do and our worth to how much we can get done. So much so, that some of us are walking around as completely false versions of ourselves. We are performers. Actors. Lost to the essence of who we truly are.

What if you could spend time simply being? Being is a spiritual practice of resting in God’s presence, seeking His Truth, being who you are. Being doesn’t just happen, though, it’s a practice you have to make room for. It’s about setting aside time at the beginning of every day to meet with God.

Time spent being each morning helps you stop reacting to your life because you reject that pull to go, go, go from the moment your feet hit the floor in the morning. That will result from prioritizing God first. You are saying, “This is the most important thing I can do for myself today.” Not rushing to get all of the things done. The emails and texts can wait. Facebook can wait. Your kids’ lunches can wait.

Spending your mornings less rushed will create a peace that will spill into the rest of your day. In addition, you will feel better equipped to face whatever the day throws at you because you’re grounded and renewed by the Holy Spirit. You rest in the security of knowing your worth to God, which ironically doesn’t involve doing anything. You are saved by grace, not by works. He does the work in you!

But beware, every day all of your “should’s” and to-do’s are going to come up against your efforts of being. You’re going to have to hold that tension and decide which path is more beneficial. I guarantee you will feel like you don’t have enough time to devote to this practice. And that’s one of the enemy’s go-to tactics – keep her busy so she doesn’t think about God. Because Satan knows that your being aware of God’s presence changes everything.

For more practical tips on setting up your own practice, download my FREE Abide Guide from the homepage of my website.

Our culture values doing. God values being. Whose opinion matters most to you?

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